OpenAI revolt: Staff threaten to quit, join Microsoft unless Altman returns

Around 500 employees signed a letter threatening to resign

Sam Altman Sam Altman is hoping to return to OpenAI | Reuters

In the wake of OpenAI firing CEO Sam Altman and removing Greg Brockman from the president post, around 500 employees have signed a letter threatening to quit the firm.

"The process through which you terminated Sam Altman and removed Greg Brockman from the board has jeopardized all of this work and undermined our mission and company...Your conduct has made it clear you did not have the competence to oversee OpenAI," said the letter.

The letter emerged after Microsoft revealed it had hired Altman and Brockman.

The staff in the letter also says that they will join Microsoft's new AI division. "We will take this step imminently, unless all current board members resign, and the board appoints two new lead independent directors, such as Bret Taylor and Will Hurd, and reinstates Sam Altman and Greg Brockman," read the letter.

Reportedly, company’s chief technology officer, chief data scientist and chief operating officer were among those threatening to resign.

Twitch co-founder Emmett Shear was appointed the company’s CEO after Altman was sacked.

Earlier today, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella announced that Altman will be joining its US software firm. 

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